Southwood’s Lengel named 2015 Lilly Scholar

Michael Lengel is informed by Julie Garber, program director for the Community Foundation of Wabash County, that he was selected as the 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Looking on is his mother, Amy Lee Lengel. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

When Michael Lengel walked into a conference room in the main office of Southwood High School on Thursday afternoon, April 2, several family members and other individuals greeted him.

Perhaps the most important person there to welcome Lengel, a soon-to-be 2015 high school graduate, was Julie Garber, program director for the Community Foundation of Wabash County. For it was Garber who broke what could easily be called the best news that Lengel has received thus far in his fairly young life.

“Michael,” she said, “I’m here to tell you that you are the 2015 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Early voting to begin April 20

By Joseph Slacian

Early and absentee voting begins in the Wabash County Clerk’s office on Monday, April 20, and will continue for two weeks. Voting will be available from noon to 4 p.m. 

Also, the Clerk’s office will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25 and May 2. The last day to vote early in the Clerk’s office is from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, May 4.

For those wanting to vote in the LaFontaine area, there will be early voting on Saturday, April 25 and May 2, at the Liberty Township Fire Department. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to noon.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
EDG to use CEDIT funds for three projects

By Joseph Slacian

The Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDG) will use up to $45,000 in County Economic Development Income Tax for three projects it has planned.

EDG President and CEO Keith Gillenwater received permission to use the funds during the Wabash County Commissioners meeting on March 30.

Part of the funds will be used to update the organization’s website, while a new marketing initiative is planned to complement the website project. The third project is to support Wabash County’s buy-in for the Regional Cities Proposal.

Revamping the Website will take the biggest part of the funds, he said, roughly $25,000.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Northfield students uphold Tractor Day tradition

Northfield High School students (from left) junior Eli Schuler, junior Jake Schuler, and freshman John Schuler stand in front of Eli’s John Deere tractor in honor of FFA Tractor Day in the Northfield Jr./Sr. High School parking lot. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Three Northfield High School students drove tractors to school Wednesday morning as a part of "tradition," according to Eli Schuler, Northfield junior and FFA member.

On April 1, Eli, junior Jake Schuler, and freshman John Schuler participated in FFA Tractor Day where members are invited to drive their farm vehicles to school instead of their usual form of transportation.

"It shows FFA pride," John said.

"It's a fun old tradition," Eli added. "It's nice to get them cleaned up and parade them around.

"I know as a little kid, I enjoyed seeing the guys drive around. It's something we've always wanted to do."

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
County in need of foster families

April Arrowood, Foster Care Specialist with the Wabash County Department of Children Services, places pinwheels in the grass by the Wabash Middle School. She is helped by her daughters (from left) Paige and Brooklyn. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County is in need of foster parents, according to officials from the local office of the Department of Child Services.

To help bring attention to the need, officials are having several special events in April to help mark Child Abuse Prevention Awareness. Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle was the kickoff event, with three foster care agencies benefiting from the proceeds of a run and walk in the northern part of the city.

Pinwheels and signs were  also placed along the run course. The pinwheel is a symbol of a happy, carefree childhood. Pinwheel gardens represent a commitment to making the community a safe and nurturing place for all kids and families.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Health survey reveals Wabash County adult smoking cut by 10%

By Emma Rausch

In the last five years, 10 percent of Wabash County smokers kicked habit and lowered the county’s smoking population to less than 20 percent, according to Wabash County Health Rankings and Roadmaps survey.

In 2010, 30 percent of Wabash County adults smoked while 26 percent of Indiana’s overall population. In 2014 and 2015, the county’s tobacco users have remained constant at 19 percent, under the state average of 23 percent.

“I think getting below the state average is remarkable because you look at the other counties around us and they just aren’t there yet,” said Dan Gray, Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition director.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Building commissioners explain need for building permits

By Joseph Slacian

The coming of spring means the building season is once again upon us. Because of that, building commissioners in both Wabash and North Manchester are reminding residents about the need for building permits.

The North Manchester Building Department receives numerous calls asking if a permit is needed for a specific project, Commissioner Bernie Ferringer said.

In general, he continued, there are various projects that would require a permit, including making an addition to a building, doing a remodeling project that involves load bearing walls, new electrical or plumbing, or those that will cost more than $1,500. Projects such as storage buildings, in-ground and above-ground swimming pools and wood decks also require a building permit, he added.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Wabash County Historical Museum commemorates the ‘Electric Dynamo’

Piper Ellet builds a circuit at the new “Dr. Charles F. Brush” exhibit in the Wabash County Historical Museum. Piper, who turned 5-years-old on March 31, chose to celebrate her birthday at the museum and became one of the first visitors to explore the new exhibit. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wednesday March 31 marked the 135th anniversary of the day Wabash became the first electrically lighted city in the world and the grand opening of the Wabash County Historical Museum’s new exhibit.

The “Dr. Charles F. Brush: An Electric Dynamo” exhibit, now open to the public, commemorates Dr. Charles F. Brush, the man responsible for lighting the city in 1880.

In 1876, Brush designed his version of the “dynamo” generator, later “claiming that he could light an entire city with it,” according to Museum Director Mitch Figert.

“Well, Wabash put him up to the challenge and the rest is history.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 07

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